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  1. Revisiting October: Twins top Detroit

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ID:	5841Not long ago, we were forced to sell my grandmother’s house. As part of the purging process, a box filled with newspapers from the Minnesota Twins’ championship seasons in 1987 and 1991 were discovered. The newspapers, still wreaking of the stale cigarette smoke that saturated her entire dwelling, are pure gold.(1)

    As the resident family baseball-phile, the archive was entrusted to me.

    Without much to do with the box, other than keep it away ...
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  2. Welp, I guess I'll do it: The Twins should sign Robinson Cano

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    So, I guess I have to be the one to do this, huh? No one else wants to write this? No one will take the obvious grief that will accompany the following 800 or so words. I guess in some way it makes sense. I do hold the distinction for having the least reliable and most obnoxious Twins blog in the stratosphere (using a word like stratosphere is obnoxious). Although, I am more known for putting Twins player heads on bird bodies and writing ...
  3. The Righty Reliever Pipeline

    If there's one area of the Twins roster that you can look at and feel completely comfortable, both now and going forward, it's the bullpen. On the left-handed side, their best arm is the closer, but they also have Brian Duensing and Caleb Thielbar, with Pedro Hernandez also offering some potential. In terms of right-handers, there's Jared Burton and Casey Fien topping the depth chart, with Anthony Swarzak anchoring the long role.

    That's six relief jobs that you can already consider ...
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  4. Getting Out of a Hole (a Parable)

    A guy falls in to an eight foot deep hole while at work. His boss comes along and the guy says, “hey boss can you get me out of here?”

    The boss says, “Things are pretty tight around here so we can’t afford to buy a ladder, but we have this old shovel sitting around. I’ll throw it down and you can dig yourself out.”

    It takes a long time, but after a lot of trial and error (sometimes even digging in the wrong place and making the hole deeper) our guy manages to dig ...
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  5. Justin Morneau 2014

    Good afternoon, all. This is my first blog here at Twins Daily. Today, I would like to talk about our man Justin Morneau.

    I would like to hear some opinions, I'm sure there will be many.

    My questions are:
    Does Morneau return to Minnesota?
    What would you pay him if up to you?
    If not MN, where does Justin go?
    Is this team better without him?

    Please feel free to share your thoughts, I will listen to all opinions whether I agree ...
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  6. Rookie Review: Ryan Pressly

    On Opening Day, I had the opportunity to talk to a very excited Ryan Pressly. The right-hander was the Minnesota Twins Rule 5 pick last December and had a strong spring training. Understandably, Pressly was very much excited. During the Twins final weekend, I had the chance to catch up with Pressly and see how he felt about his season.
    “I’m happy with it. Obviously there’s a couple of games I’d like to take back. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished this season.”
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  7. Two Eyes on Torii Hunter

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ID:	5824Although he hasn't had a great series, Torii Hunter's Detroit Tigers are headed to a decisive Game 5 against the Oakland Athletics after a huge win on Tuesday night.

    This is Hunter's seventh trip to the postseason -- a pretty impressive accomplishment when you think about it. You don't see too many players reaching the playoffs seven times in their career, let alone as part of three different clubs. Part of it is that Hunter has been fortunate enough to ...
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  8. A Look At The Numbers: Yu Darvish vs. Masahiro Tanaka

    It's eery how similar they are statistically.

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    If you go by the numbers alone - you would say that Tanaka would command almost an identical buyout and contract. However, as we know, often for doing the 'exact same thing' a player now gets more than the guy who sets the precedent as the first player has to absorb the 'risk' perceptions to his contract. Darvish got 6yr/$60M, $52M to get exclusive negotiating rights.

    And I also have the league ...
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  9. Monster-Mash Maestro

    WARNING: This article could be perceived as overly-optimistic. Click with extreme caution!
    Now that I’ve disclaimed my ability to temper expectations, it’s time to highlight the Dominican monster that is Miguel Sano.

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    Perhaps there was once a youth that exhibited kingly promise in the same way that the Twins’ budding superstar did in 2013? If so, we may have to reach quite a distance to draw a legitimate comparison. Young Sano is the ...

    Updated 11-04-2013 at 08:43 PM by mnfanforlife

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  10. Pitching and Playoffs: Through the Farm System, Free Agency, or Trades?

    After seeing the David Price post fly around concerning trading a lot of Prospects for him - which made me quiver and get the sweats to even entertain such a thought when the names of Buxton/Sano and 3-4 other prospects were thrown around so lightly.

    Then other posts still say, "Free Agency" the Twins need to spend to 'be competitive' or to 'be a winner' they need to spend.

    Well, how did the most successful teams of 2013 make it to the playoffs?

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    Updated 10-08-2013 at 12:55 AM by twinsfan34

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  11. Roster Decisions: Lester Oliveros

    While writing an article on the Minnesota Twins upcoming 40 man roster decisions for the Offseason GM Handbook, one name jumped out to me as an obvious choice to add. This name is one that I had not really thought about previously. Based on the title of this article, that one name is that of Lester Oliveros.

    Approximately 13 months ago, the hard-throwing right-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery. His rehab went pretty well. On July 30th, he made his first appearance in a GCL ...
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  12. 1991 Offseason in Review

    Originally posted at K-Slow was Framed!

    YOYOYO everybody! The offseason is upon us and the Twins have a lot of work to do. Coming off of another raging failure, the Front Office will need to pull off some sweet moves in order to make this team a contender. I have no clue what they will do and I have no desire to guess (at least not until later). Instead, I thought it would be fun to head back down Memory Lane and analyze each offseason since the Twins' last World Series. I'm not ...

    Updated 10-07-2013 at 08:19 PM by Brad Swanson

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  13. The Tanaka Factor

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ID:	5799I'll say this much for Masahiro Tanaka: his timing is good. The Japenese star just put together the best statistical season for a pitcher in NPB history, and will be coming to the States just as Major League Baseball is receiving a massive influx of revenue from new media deals.

    Tanaka has been on an incredible run. After starring for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in the spring, he went 22-0 with a 1.23 ERA for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. At season's ...
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  14. Episode 114: Ron Gardenhire Stays

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ID:	5797Aaron and John take the podcast to 612 Brew's inaugural Octoberfest and talk about Ron Gardenhire's two-year contract extension, why no one knows anything about managers, Rick Anderson and the entire coaching staff staying on one-year deals, the first batch of 40-man roster cuts, getting together to watch Francisco Liriano and Justin Morneau, big fish and survival of the fittest, and starting your own craft brewing business.

    You can listen by clicking ...
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